Apple's chief design officer Jony Ive is leaving the company

Christian Wylonis
Jony Ive and Tim Cook

Jony Ive and Tim Cook (Source: Apple)

Jony Ive, designer of the iconic iPhone, is leaving Apple according to an interview in the Financial Times. Ive is setting up a new creative business called LoveFrom with Apple as its first client. The transition will start later this year.

Ive first joined Apple in 1992 and be became the senior vice president of industrial design in 1997 after the return of Steve Jobs. He subsequently headed the industrial design team responsible for most of the company's significant hardware products including the iPhone. Ive has held the title of Chief Design Officer since 2015.

“Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apple’s revival cannot be overstated, from 1998’s groundbreaking iMac to the iPhone and the unprecedented ambition of Apple Park, where recently he has been putting so much of his energy and care,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple will continue to benefit from Jony’s talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team he has built. After so many years working closely together, I’m happy that our relationship continues to evolve and I look forward to working with Jony long into the future.”

No immediate successor has been named for Ive. Design team leaders Evans Hankey, vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, vice president of Human Interface Design, will report to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. Both Dye and Hankey have played key leadership roles on Apple’s design team for many years. Williams has led the development of Apple Watch since its inception and will spend more of his time working with the design team in their studio.

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